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The Audio Book Adventure

With book... and iPad

With book... and iPad

Foto by Matie Argiropoulos

I found myself at one of those Times Square tourist hotels… the Paramount. With the room just big enough for a bed and a small suitcase, obviously it was designed for sleeping only. Good mattress though. Except for me, I would venture that almost everyone else in the building was there to sample the bright lights of Times Square.

Now, this could be Times Square

Now, this could be Times Square

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

But this could be Times Square too…

Hmmm

Hmmm

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I wanted to tell the folks swarming the streets that there was more to America than this, but hey… they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. But I hadn’t come here to be this close to the Deuce just to lollygag around. My mission was to show up at CDM Studios. These folks’ specialty was doing audio books and more and I was there to read my book, Been So Long. Now this was to be a production of Macmillan Audio from St. Martin’s Press.

It’s been a couple of years since I put the first words of Been So Long on ‘paper.’ In a way, it seems longer than that and in another, the time has passed in the blink of an eye. In any case as my project has unfolded I find myself more than grateful to all the people it takes to make a book happen. The writing was only the tip of the iceberg. The editorial team was more than awesome. My sincerest thanks to you all!

In any case, this reading business was something completely new. Again, this is an industry that until now had been way off my radar. Matie Argiropoulos, the producer and director, was sure I could do it. Me… not so much. What the heck. If you want to run with the Big Dogs, you have to get off the porch, and so off the porch I got!

I had two and a half days to do two hundred and eighty four pages and as I began reading, it looked like two and a half days would not be enough. Slowing down to a moderate tempo has always been a problem for me, in music and in life itself. Matie was a real pro and always pointed me in the right direction whenever I would stray! I found some of the chapters easy to read. When I got to the one where both my Mom and Dad passed… it was more emotional to me than I could have imagined. They’ve been gone for twenty years, and writing about it was nowhere near as hard as reading what I wrote out loud. The little poem from my Grandfather that I close the book with affected me as powerfully as it did the first time I read it. You’ll see, if you read the book. I felt good that after all the work I had done on this project I could still be emotionally touched in a very real way.

Finally... a little guitar

Finally... a little guitar

Foto by Matie Argiropoulos

After I finished the reading, i got to play a little guitar music to go under the closing credits. The guitar was like an ice cream dessert after the feast that was the reading. I would like to thank Matie Argiropoulos the producer and director of my project. Thanks for the hand holding! It was recorded by Charles de Montebello and Raunak Mukherjee. Post production is by Danny Meltzer and the text copyright 2018 is by me, Jorma Kaukonen. The production copyright 2018 is by Macmillan Audio and of course, all rights are reserved.

I felt more than good as I wrapped this up at noon on Sunday and headed back to the Fur Peace Ranch. The official release date of the book is August 28, 2018. I’d like to think Mom and Dad would have gotten a kick out of this.

i know I did!

Smiles all around!

Smiles all around!

Selfie by Matie Argiropoulos

  1. Brendan Carroll
    August 14th, 2018 at 12:02 | #1

    Kidding aside; Congratulations on accomplishing this noble endeavor. Yours is no doubt a sober, insightful, valuable worldview which will lend clarity to the storied but distorted epoch of the

  2. Brendan Carroll
    August 14th, 2018 at 12:02 | #2

    Kidding aside; Congratulations on accomplishing this noble endeavor. Yours is no doubt a sober, insightful, valuable worldview which will lend clarity to the storied but distorted epoch of the

  3. Brendan Carroll
    August 14th, 2018 at 12:07 | #3

    Kidding aside; Congratulations on accomplishing this noble endeavor. Yours is no doubt a sober, insightful, valuable worldview which will lend clarity to a storied but distorted epoch and vocation.

  4. Susan
    August 14th, 2018 at 17:40 | #4

    Tix for Jorma at Boulton Center in Bay Shore October 3 are going fast!

  5. Richard
    August 14th, 2018 at 19:35 | #5

    Susan :Tix for Jorma at Boulton Center in Bay Shore October 3 are going fast!

    I just got the last of 50 tickets being sold to get Jormas book and after show book signing..woohooo

  6. Susan
    August 14th, 2018 at 22:22 | #6

    @Richard
    That’s great ….when I was in I had two for the book signing, lost one by hesitating and then bought what was showing as the last one in that moment. Around 4:30 or 5pm. Looking forward to it…I had held off on buying the book waiting for just this kind of event, if not Book Revue in Huntington . Can’t wait for the show and to read the book!

  7. Richard
    August 15th, 2018 at 06:26 | #7

    @Susan
    That’s funny Susan. There were no tickets left for the book and meet and greet left and then there were. I have row B. Could we be sitting together? Hope to see you there..Also around 5pm..

  8. Susan
    August 15th, 2018 at 17:22 | #8

    @Richard
    I’m B104!

  9. Richard
    August 15th, 2018 at 18:43 | #9

    @Richard
    I am B 103..that means I took your other seat. Sorry about that..

  10. John B
    August 15th, 2018 at 19:53 | #10

    What book signing event? Here in the NY NJ Conn area?

  11. Susan
    August 15th, 2018 at 23:06 | #11

    @Richard
    No…the seat I lost was in row c. My good friend with whom I went to my second hot tuna show in 1976 will now sit n row e. See u there!

    @John B Show and book with signing for 50 of about 300 seats at the Boulton Center in bay shore…

  12. Tom Fabry
  13. Richard
    August 16th, 2018 at 10:54 | #13

    @Susan
    My first HT shows were about then too at the Palladium on 14st in NYC..Might have been my fav venue at the time..Saw so many HT shows there ,my first Dead show in 1977 there and countless others back then..Like they say “those were the days” It was a wild place..Saw a 7 hour HT show at the now torn down Commack Arena on Long Island about then too..Now that place was pretty wild too..And not in a good way..

  14. Susan
    August 16th, 2018 at 11:23 | #14

    @Tom Fabry
    I will have a great time and there’s no doubt that I’ll be behaving differently than I did in the seventies! Evolving is a good thing…

    @Richard And yet, I ‘ve been to many of the same venues, and will enjoy sharing stories on the third!

  15. August 29th, 2018 at 00:31 | #15

    Good to see a Hometown Boy do good! Congrats! Will have to get the audio version for full impact. Thanks for keeping on keepin’ on! Lips still in New Orleans

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